Postmortem Studios Update 3/9/18

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Art by Dmitriy Masaltsev

Hello all!

I’m taking a break from the daily updates on the blog, but there’ll still be plenty over on the Youtube channel (PostmortemVideo).

I continue to work on the next Gor adventure and my next full game, The Green. I have a lot of backed-up stock art to put on sale, which will be coming along soon. I also was hit by the inspiration bug after getting grumpy about the fuss around Vampire 5th Edition so something might happen there too.

I have commissioned writers to produce Gor adventures in the past and to keep things going those opportunities are now open again. These are assigned projects, there’s no room at present for unsolicited adventure ideas. If you know the game system (d6) and world background, reach out and we’ll see what we can figure out. Payment will be around $200 for approximately 6,000 words (around 3c per word).

shirtWe have a new T-shirt design up at Teespring – the evolution of gamers – so check that (and our other shirts) out, including the Tales of Gor designs (in caste colours no less!).

If you’re an artist in need of commissions, I’m looking to commission more art to sell as stock art and as testers for future projects. Standard rates available are:

A4 B&W: $100, A4 Colour: $200, A5 B&W $50, A5 Colour $100, A6 B&W $25, A6 Colour $10-15 (though negotiation is more than possible).

If any artists want to work with us as a storefront to sell their own stock art, we have an established presence and reputation that could work for you if you choose to work with us, and plan to have an independent sales-point at some point next year. Hopefully, this will also allow me to host and sell games material that suffers from censorship on other sales points, but this is in the very early stages.

This month I’d like to draw people’s attention to two places they can discuss Postmortem Studios games and other activity. We have a woefully undersubscribed Reddit page, and a Discord server which is pretty chill and suitable for hanging out and talking about things. Do join us there.

Zang!

Grimdark – Reinterpreting Divine Magic

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Sorcery is likely to become more complex with examination and reinterpretation to a more ritualistic version. Divine magic, however, is likely to become simpler with an appropriate reinterpretation.

In approaching this we want divine magic to be questionable, to require faith, for it to – mostly – allow for things that aren’t immediately and obviously magic.

Traditionally, divine magic is primarily about healing, with a secondary benefit of blessings, curses and then – finally – any other effects. Religion played an important role in a great many local myths legends and priests were often seen as a bulwark against the unnatural and against witches and other magic. Healing is more to do with knowledge and practice, than magic (though amongst the faithful, prayer might help psychosomatically).

What do we need Clerics and Paladins to be able to do with their divine mandate?

  1. Renew or grant Heroism (Morale).

  2. Counter or dispel magic.

  3. Bless or curse people.

  4. Strike or turn undead.

Convert Spell slots to ‘dice’ (D6s). Boosted by Wisdom bonus (Cleric) or Charisma (Paladin)…

To read this full article, please donate $1 a month on my Patreon to get articles like this, access to me and discounts on apparel and PDFs of RPGs. You can get many of the same perks (but fewer) by following me on Minds.com and donating 1 token a month.

#RPG – June Update & New TShirt!

560Check it out, we have a new shirt for sale!

Are you an ‘OG’ (Original Grognard)? Strut your stuff in the Lake Geneva Originals, Rollin’ 20s Motorcycle gang shirt!

Available in black or white and at different quality levels, or as a vest top, it joins the ranks of our other great shirts.

Here’ the STORE!

You’ll also find posters of our mosaic map of Gor there.

If you backed me, on Minds.com or on Patreon you’d get discounts on these that would more than pay you back for supporting me!

Don’t forget to also check out my Youtube channel, and our new group vodcast, Inappropriate Characters.

#RPG #TTRPG – Postmortem Studios May Update

240931The art on the left is by Brad McDevitt, who sells a ton of stock art through us. Perfect if you’re starting out making your own games or need something cool for a handout. This art isn’t only for use in RPGs, you can use it in any of your personal or professional projects, subject to the license.

First things first! If you don’t already follow me everywhere, please make sure you do! It’s the only way to ensure you get all our updates and information. You can find me on Youtube, Twitter, Gab, Minds, Instagram, Steemit, Facebook, Bookface, FookBace, GooglePlus and Bitchute. If you’re looking for new social media or blogging support, I can highly recommend Minds and Steemit. It’s well worth setting up a Bitchute account if you have a Youtube account, as it can be set to automagically back up your videos from Youtube and publish them on there. A useful safeguard in this censorious age!

You can support me by buying products at RPGNOW, Lulu.com, Amazon and TheGamecrafter, or go one better and subscribe to support me on Patreon.

MakerSupport has been having some issues of late, but those who follow and support me for $1 a month on Patreon or 1 token a month on Minds.com will get discounts, articles, exclusive access and more.

If you’ve got no money, you can still follow on all these platforms and provide support by upvoting and especially resharing content as algorithms on Facebook and Youtube are choking creators’ exposure.

I also recently added a Teespring store, where you can currently purchase two different T-shirt designs. Check it out! This will be replacing the old Cafepress store, which just can’t compete on quality or exposure.

If you’re a Gor fan, there are now communities for Gor on Facebook, Minds and Googleplus.

Personal Update

I am doing a hell of a lot better, having had my cocktail of brain drugs adjusted. Now, if I could only also get a prescription for Modafinil, I think I might become a Delphi Juicer (RIFTS). This means my output has gone up a lot – as you may have noticed – in terms of blogs, Youtube videos and, behind the scenes, work. I’m slowly getting back into routine and becoming more productive. I’m by no means ‘better’, just more capable. I have a tendency to run myself into the ground with work the moment I’m capable of it, so I’m watching for that.

Youtube and Facebook make raising awareness of product so very difficult it sometimes barely seems worth trying. Recent changes have also led to videos being suppressed on Youtube and followers and subscribers not seeing posts on Facebook, or people leaving Facebook due to privacy concerns. All social media is suffering in this way, save the Alt Tech platforms (like Minds and Gab) which have their own problems since, being free expression havens, their first ‘settlers’ have often been politically or socially unsavoury.

I think we’ve turned a corner on this socially, but the wheels of government and corporatocracy move much slower so it is now Terms of Service and regulation that we now find ourselves battling and when it comes to companies there’s a balance between the rights of the consumer and the rights of the owner that needs to be struck. The public square is in private hands and that presents all sorts of problems for our social and political institutions and our understanding of the right to free speech. The Count Dankula trial is probably the best example of how bad this can get and how important it is.

This is the environment in which I find myself working on more Gor material. Making a rod for my own back I suppose! I don’t intend to self-censor at all. We’ll see how bad things get I guess.

560I’m currently working on regular blogs and other content, trying to drive people to subscribe and support on Patreon to help push up a regular income, as well as a fantasy setting for Machinations of the Space Princess (odd, I know) and more Gorean supplements.

I massively appreciate your feedback, even if you don’t like something. So please don’t forget to rate, review, share and if you would like me on a podcast or stream to chat or be interviewed/interrogated, let me know. Questions and suggestions are always welcome any format, any where.

ZANG!

#RPG – Roll Up! Roll Up! Welcome to The Carnival of Grimness!

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Genties, Ladymen and children of all genders!

Cast your functioning sensory organs in something approximating this direction and gaze in awe and wonder at the cavalcade of entertainment and dysfunction on show!

Step this way, and for the low, low fee of your attention you will find diversions most deviant, entertainments most exciting and writings most wicked. We practically (but not actually) guarantee your satisfaction and amusement!

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Behold, the hall of Social Media! What distractions and horrors may lie inside these darkened halls?

Perhaps you seek the cheap thrill of voyeurism to be found in the unblinking gaze of Madam Narcissist!

Will you test your mettle and your patience in the Blue Bird Arena?

Perhaps one of our fabulous freaks, Bookface will entertain you with his mind reading tricks, targeted advertising and most diverting groups?

There are new attractions too, wild and untamed creatures from the furthest reaches of the internet, untouched by Amazon or Google. Dare you risk the Tent of Bulbs, it’s burlesque titillations or its house of games?

Try your luck against the Honest Interlocutor to see if you have the gift of the Gab, win yourself a stuffed frog.

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Away from the hoi polloi are the caravans, offering delectations to our more discerning visitors.

If you are of a more cerebral nature, our players will entertain you with dice-based diversions or play out stories for your entertainment. There are books too, but the odds are you already Reddit…

Perhaps marvellous mechanisms will better meet your motivation, in which case sign up for a ride on our Steem-powered rollercoaster? It rises and falls with the speed and terror of a cryptocurrency’s value!

Finally, at the centre of our little circus, you will find the Astounding Arena of Audiovisual Announcement, where your eyes and ears will be tickled by recordings from The Great Beardini!

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Don’t forget to visit our concession stands on your way out.

Here you can buy your own versions of our games and books.

Apparel to clad your fragile bodies and protect them from the elements.

Boards, cards, dice and devices to distract you from your imminent mortality.

Not to mention other, miscellaneous junk and tat we’re trying to get shot of.

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Finally, can I perhaps tempt you with a season ticket?

For as little as a single of your Earth dollars, you can gain access to the carnival and the ringmaster as much as you may care to spend your time here, not to mention getting plenty of discounts on our other diversions.

We accept Many, Forms of Currency.

Failing that, please leave a tip in the jar on your way out.

And failing that… well… the trolls always need to be fed.

B&D – We Have the Best Dungeons

560I am starting up a Teespring store as a further source of revenue, which will feature – eventually – designs from our games, as well as various other designs and images as they come to mind.

Our opening offering is a cheeky little satire with a suggestive nod and a wink. Perfect for players of Tales of Gor, or for those who don’t just roleplay with dice…

 

#AprilTTRPGmaker How did you start creating RPGs?

FF.pngI started roleplaying with Fighting Fantasy books when I was… eight or nine. The first one I remember is Island of the Lizard King, which came out in 1984, but I may have borrowed and played books before then. I started by reading the books with my friends, taking the role of the narrator and handling the rules, a sort of ‘proto-Gamesmaster’ before I even knew what one was. My friend Russell was the real Fighting Fantasy fanatic though, and must have had them all – plus some related and similar games.

My interest piqued, we went looking for similar games and found the ‘create your own’ version of Fighting Fantasy, with the tiger man on the front, which taught me the basic terminology and guided me through my first few dungeons. It was clear, however, that I needed more and so we took a trip into Basingstoke, to a part of town that no longer exists, where there was an independent toy and model shop that also stocked games.

That trip we picked up Games Workshop’s Battlecars (a stripped down, token-heavy version of Car Wars in a lot of ways – I still have it and still love Jim Burns’ art) and a copy of MERP (Middle Earth Roleplaying) since I was already in love with Tolkien’s work.

I had no idea what I was doing with MERP, it’s not really a beginner’s system, but somehow I cobbled together my own understanding and that was serviceable enough to run games for my friends which started as Tolkienesque fantasy but which rapidly incorporated anything and everything my barely pubescent mind could latch onto.

Once I got to Secondary School I found other gamers, and it wasn’t until then – aged 11 or 12 – that I even really heard of Dungeons and Dragons and – no Sir – I didn’t cotton to it. I found it a lot less fun and a lot more arbitrary than other games I’d played, or did play at that time. This was when I was opened up to a lot of other games, Traveller, Twilight 2000, Dragon Warriors and more.

I was writing my own adventures – even my own choose your own adventure books – right from the start. Even my own, whole games. The first RPG I was ever paid for producing was actually a Captain Power game written up and stapled together for a friend when I was 12. Just the one, dot-matrixed copy.

I hacked rules systems I had into something new, including a whole kit-and-kaboodle science fiction game based on Dragon Warriors and mangling together just about any and all science fiction stuff I liked, much of it cribbed from 2000AD.

I played some PBM games, wrote a fan magazine for one of them (though they wound up not long after) and ran my own ‘zine for a while – much like my Youtube channel just a pic3265284.pngmix of everything that interested me and my twisted sense of humour. From there it was unofficial supplements for games – Cyberpunk for example – in a way that would likely never be allowed today, RPG magazines at the time were producing unofficial material for lots of games in a way that wouldn’t be allowed now I suspect.

After school and college, I had a couple of regular human-type jobs but kept working away in the background, trying to get a hook into the industry. The first truly professional project was The Munchkin’s Guide to Powergaming, written with my good friend and gaming partner Steve. After that… it was away I went. So I’ve been professionally employed or working in the gaming industry since 1999.

#RPG – Postmortem Studios 2018 Catalogs

We’ve released two catalogues of our all (current) products from across all sales sites.

The first catalogue is of all our products and has everyone in mind. Here you can find every game, every book, every RPG with easy links to take you right to them.

The second catalogue is made with fellow publishers in mind. We have a huge amount of stock art by various artists which can be difficult to navigate on the websites. Here you’ll find it all laid out, with links, so that you can easily flip through, find the pieces you need and add them to your checkout without wrangling around in a search engine.

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#RPG – Postmortem Studios January Update

230704Belated happy new year everyone!

Apologies for the delay in updates but on top of long-term illness before Christmas, I was VERY sick over Christmas and into the new year. Since the start of the year, I’ve been working on planning, plotting and making updates to my various sites, logos and so on.

So far we have a new logo (see previous posts) and both the Youtube channel and Patreon have been updated – with more spring cleaning to come on this site and on the various social media channels I have elsewhere in the coming weeks.

There’s more and more stock art coming both from our regular, Brad and from a whole bunch of artists donating or being paid to contribute to the Darkzel scholarship project, so keep an eye out for that. You can find our stock art catalogue here.

We’re also working on PDF catalogues of EVERYTHING we’ve done, which can be a lot easier than directly browsing various websites to find it. This should be especially useful when it comes to clipart. We’re also bundling chunks of clipart into downloadable multi-piece bundles, again to try and make things easier for you.

More Gor material should be coming, plus we’re in talks to extend the license so you can look forward to more Gor adventures and supplementary material moving forward.

Preparation is in process for a crowdfunded project later in the year, but I am trying to keep my ambitions relatively small given the continued health issues. That said, I’m considering finishing the Machinations of the Space Princess companion, producing MotSP oriented material and optional rules for Starfinder, producing a ‘choose your own adventure’ book and releasing the start of a new mini-series of survival games I’ve been working on – on and off – for some time.

Then there’s the post apocalyptic diary-novel I need to finish…

To let you know about some policy changes around here…

  1. Discounts will now ONLY be available to Patrons at my Patreon page – even just at the $1 tier. So if you want to continue to get discounted material, consider supporting me over there.
  2. Opportunities for playtesting and rough drafts will also initially be offered over on Patreon, so if you want to get in on some of that, please be my guest.
  3. I’m continuing to shift into video, even producing a poll-based ‘choose your own adventure’ over there, so you really should subscribe to my Youtube channel. I’m also happy to answer your game/indie related questions on the channel, live or in the comments. If you want to keep up with me, I make Youtube content almost daily. If you can’t stand Youtube you can also find my videos at Bitchute.
  4. Social media is having a lot of issues of late and so I’ve sought to diversify a bit. Vidme went under and Gab, despite being independent has developed a ‘hard-right’ reputation, but I can recommend Minds.com which is developing into a nice little site. You can find me there, and I also run an RPG group there which I invite you to join and contribute to.

Now, you tell me! What do you want to see here, and how can I entice you to support me on Patreon? 🙂

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#RPG Postmortem Studios December Update

228688I know, I know, I’m late. It has been a busy and stressful month.

For starters, go check out Clipart Critters, this image is one of many by Brad McDevitt, our main resident stock art provider.

If you want to get a SUPER bargain and a ‘start up package’ for your publishing business we offer a 400 IMAGE BUNDLE for a mere $200.

If you’d like to share a storefront to sell stock art, do get in touch.

ZelArt Scholarship

Speaking of art, we’re still running the Zelart scholarship fund, this year the money is going into making the project sustainable in the future, directly commissioning artists to produce material to sell to support it in the future. We’re still short about $140 of the target so, hey, if everyone reading this could lob in $5 we’d be sorted. Come on, it’s Christmas.

The other things you can do to help, besides sharing the link, if you’re an artist is to donate a piece of art to be sold as stock art to support the project. You’ll get ‘exposure’ (worthless, I know) but you’ll also be helping out a new generation of genre artists.

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The reason I’m late is that I have, basically, been depressed, fatigued and unproductive for the last few months and reviewing that I have accomplished basically fuck and all in that time is depressing. I have applied for assistance (after ten years of illness) and had my interviews and assessments at the beginning of this month and the end of last month.

That was also exhausting and horrible.

If I get approved that will take away some of the financial pressure and one of the last major ‘background’ stress areas of my life and hopefully allow for a new period of recovery.

I’m trying to think of small things I can do to retain and interest my audience on various platforms, but all I really have the energy and enthusiasm for at the moment is the Youtube channel.

For gaming and story enthusiasts I’m currently running a poll-determined ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ game there, based on my Machinations of the Space Princess game and universe. So check that out every Friday.

Monthly Discount

Because I’m so late, and because it’s Christmas. Have some free sexbots!

Patreon supporters get more discounted stuff and easy access to me to ask me stuff and to make suggestions.

Now, I appreciate that Patreon’s recent changes regarding charges etc have put people off, so I’m now also on MakerSupport, but cannot – currently – offer anyone using that to support creators anything special. You can also donate to keep my going via Paypal.

At the moment this support should be considered support mostly for my Youtube channel but I’m going to try and ease back into work after Christmas and see how things go.

Next Year

When I’m fit and well again – fingers crossed – or at least well enough to get something done, I plan to primarily get back on the regular Gor releases. After that I hope to crowdfund a major dark-fantasy project at some point in the late spring or early summer. An adventure-filled necropolis and set of alternative rules for 5e D&D.

I’m also considering a company rebrand (new logo and style) so may be looking for people to commission for that.

Otherwise things are too up in the air to predict.

I do want my Youtube channel to better serve my writing and gaming audience, so let me know what you want to see. More book walk-throughs? Streamed gaming sessions? Discussions? Tutorials on indy game publishing and game design? Tips and tricks? Art direction? Player and GM tips?

Let me know.